Energy and States of Matter

Grades 3 – 5

Begin with a refresher on physical and chemical properties and changes. Then explore the role of energy in changing matter from solids into liquids or gases and back again. Guide students through an exciting exploration of states of matter wrapped up in 5E lesson plans where students investigate through active learning then apply their new knowledge to the phenomena of icy, wet, humid weather on Earth.

Leveled Readers are available in four Lexile Measures, distinguished by a color key on the back of each reader.

Driving Question

How are changes in the state of water involved in thunderstorms and other weather events?

Anchor Phenomenon

Adding or taking away energy from water causes it to change from solid to liquid to gas and back again.

Investigate for yourself.